Video Conferencing in Skype for Business Online

September 26, 2016 by · 16 Comments 

Fresh on the heels of the recent Microsoft broadcast entitled Video Interop in the Cloud have come a number of questions from the overall community looking for further clarification on exactly what all this means.  The summaries below also include various details from today’s announcements from Microsoft and some of their device partners at the […]

Skype for Business VBSS Update

June 30, 2016 by · 20 Comments 

Since the introduction of VBSS in the article Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) for Skype for Business last year Microsoft has released several changes to the platform to further leverage this technology.  This new article will serve as an update to the concepts outlined in the original as well as outline any future behavior or […]

Updating Trio 8800 Firmware

December 28, 2015 by · 117 Comments 

On the heels of the recent release of the Polycom RealPresence Trio 8800 comes the first firmware upgrades.  In the same fashion as previous articles on this blog covering various Lync and Skype for Business devices like the VVX desktop phones or the CX5500 RoundTable camera this article outlines the various ways that the Trio […]

Video Based Screen Sharing in Skype for Business

October 2, 2015 by · 42 Comments 

Video Based Screen Sharing (VBSS) is a new Skype for Business client capability that has for the most part flown in under the radar.  There is currently very little information available about this new functionality, and as with anything not well understood it seems to be creating more confusion than warranted.  Most of the questions […]

Polycom RPP Configuration for Lync

March 25, 2015 by · 17 Comments 

The core Polycom video bridging infrastructure components of the RealPresence Platform (RPP) have recently attained Lync Qualification.  As of the posting of this article the following RPP products qualified for Lync Server 2013 are: The Distributed Media Application (DMA) 7000 version 6.2 The RealPresence Collaboration Server (RPCS, a.k.a RMX) version 8.5 This means that when […]

Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

January 26, 2015 by · 56 Comments 

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business (SfB) was analyzed and explained in an effort to clarify […]

Configuring QoS for Lync IP Phones

October 6, 2014 by · 28 Comments 

This article covers various aspects of configuring a complete Quality of Service (QoS) design in a Lync environment which utilizes various models of IP handsets for Lync.  Prioritization of both signaling and media communications will be covered by addressing the following topics: Designing and configuring a network QoS plan Enabling QoS on network devices Enabling […]

Updating CX5100 and CX5500 Firmware

September 21, 2014 by · 31 Comments 

An earlier article entitled Polycom CX5100 for Lync 2013 introduced the newest RoundTable device for Lync, briefly discussing the firmware update process.  As this product was brand new at the time there had been no newer firmware updates yet released to warrant covering that process in detail. Now that the CX5100 and the nearly identical […]

Understanding Lync Modalities

August 31, 2014 by · 29 Comments 

There are multiple ways to initiate communications sessions in Lync across different modalities and features.  These various options can utilize a few different network paths to reach the intended destination(s).  The path that each takes depends primarily on the type of communication involved and is also influenced by the number of parties involved. In Lync, […]

Video Temporal Scaling Behavior in Lync 2013

May 27, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

This article is a continuation on a series of articles dedicated to the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) video codec implementation utilized by Lync 2013.  Previous article introduced the standards-based codec and the possibilities it contains based on the defined specifications.  Additional articles, like this one, take a closer look at how the actual implementation […]

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